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Big Government Serves the Strong

Big Government Serves the Strong

George Will explains reality. Progressives hardest hit.

In his weekly column at the Washington Post, George Will points out something that a number of progressives are beginning to notice. Big government doesn’t look out for the little guy:

Government for the strongest

Intellectually undemanding progressives, excited by the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — advocate of the downtrodden and the Export-Import Bank — have at last noticed something obvious: Big government, which has become gargantuan in response to progressives’ promptings, serves the strong. It is responsive to factions sufficiently sophisticated and moneyed to understand and manipulate its complexity.

Hence Democrats, the principal creators of this complexity, receive more than 70 percent of lawyers’ political contributions. Yet progressives, refusing to see this defect — big government captured by big interests — as systemic, want to make government an ever more muscular engine of regulation and redistribution. Were progressives serious about what used to preoccupy America’s left — entrenched elites, crony capitalism and other impediments to upward mobility — they would study “The New Class Conflict,” by Joel Kotkin, a lifelong Democrat.

The American majority that believes life will be worse for the next few decades — more than double the number who believe things will be better — senses that 95 percent of income gains from 2009-2012 went to the wealthiest 1 percent.

This is a lesson America has to re-learn every generation or so.

Remember the famous Obama supporter Peggy Joseph who happily declared that an Obama presidency meant that she would no longer have to pay for her gas or mortgage?

She has a somewhat different view now.

In July of this year, Torn Tillison of BizPac Review filed this report:

Infamous ‘Obama will pay my gas & mortgage’ groupie: ‘He lied about everything’

The way things have been going for President Barack Obama, this was inevitable.

It’s likely we’ve all seen the video of an Obama supporter overcome with euphoria after attending a campaign event just prior to the 2008 election.

“I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car, I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage!” the woman cried. “If I help him, he’s going to help me!”

Well, six years later, filmmaker Joel Gilbert tracked down the woman, Peggy Joseph, who has had a complete change of heart.

“He lied about everything,” she said of now President Obama.

Gilbert asked Joseph if Obama helped pay the expenses she spoke of in the video clip.

“Absolutely not,” she replied. “Mortgage got worse and gas prices got higher.”

Unfortunately for Ms. Joseph, Obama had bigger people to take care of.


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Vassals and fiefdoms is the way I would describe this bipartisan attitude stretching from mayors and city councils to state legislatures to Congress and the UN. We need to understand all this for what is really being sought because the average person really will be the hardest hit.

Just in the last week the CCSSO, one of the formal sponsors of the Common Core, admitted that the real purpose for it was to advance K-12 as “career development.” They called for a formal alignment of the education and the economy, which can only happen in politically directed Dirigiste economies. not only lays out the overwhelming evidence that this is what is actually going on, I got a chance to ask some powerful legislators last week. They admitted they did know that was the real purpose for all the Common Core hype.

We will go into an economic death spiral unless this is better appreciated soon. The parasites are killing the host and they want more tribute.

    Rick in reply to Robin. | December 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Looking today at my granddaughter’s honors algebra II mathbook, in a section dealing with logarithmic functions, I see a half page “project” based up a chart comparing “income by gender” over a 16-year period. The “project” is loaded with leftist propaganda.
    Even if some serious effort is ever made to neutralize our education system, it would take decades to undo the damage that has been and is being done.
    This particular piece of trash pre-dates common core, having been copyrighted in 2004. is where this is all going apart from what I laid out in Chapter 3 of my book.

      Math, like learning to read phonetically and formal grammar, nurtures the abstract, analytical mind. The student and the adult they will become can defy the herd and know when an explanation offered is likely bogus.

      In other words, it is the last thing politicians and their cronies interested in a Public sector dominated economy want in the people they want to treat as subjects.

    Common Core is meant to create worker bees-necessary to support leviathan bureaucracy and the 1% in power:

    Radegunda in reply to Robin. | December 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Preparing elementary-school children for the careers that may be obsolete by the time they finish high school, and not training their imagination in such a way that they might invent new careers.

‘”He lied about everything,” she said of now President Obama.’

some lessons are harder than others….

Public school has always been about workforce readiness.

I suppose the original version of readiness involved some degree of academic competence. Common Core seems designed to convince all but the most gifted that they are incapable of academic achievement and should thus be grateful for any scraps and handouts they receive from big brother.

Since they will be given jobs for which they are not qualified, they will not aspire for anything other than occasional union negotiated wage hikes. Which will just barely track inflation.

An outstanding post. The George Will reference to THE NEW CLASS CONFLICT is why LI is an indespensable read every day.

Henry Hawkins | December 8, 2014 at 1:40 pm

“OK, class. I’ll write an assertion on the board. Please discuss.”

Ignorance is the pathway to entitlements and entitlements are the pathway to tyranny.

For every entity “too big to let fail”, there’s a million more “too small to let succeed”.

It’s abundantly clear which group the “Progressive” factions cater to.

JackRussellTerrierist | December 9, 2014 at 4:30 am

Another one figures out Obama gave them the finger. Not only did obola not pay her bills, she doesn’t even have a shovel-ready job and I’ll best her health insurance is gone or borderline unaffordable.

Cheers, Peggy! Thanks for waking up that you were a willing lamb to the slaughter. But for screwing the rest of us with your pie-in-the-sky stupidity, just take a hike and never darken a polling booth again. You’re too dumb and gullible to vote.